Rashaad Newsome Shade Compositions (2009)

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Rashaad Newsome explores social-political issues surrounding the black vernacular in Shade Compositions (2009). Working with a chorus of black women, Newsome records, edits, and loops their gestures live by using a hacked Nintendo Wii game controller. The different racial tones of blackness expressed in the sound score derive from cultural stereotypes associated with the black female body. Newsome and the chorus remix such representations constructed by mainstream media and popular culture. Essentially, they throw back the “shade”—a term historically used to disrespect black women, which has recently been reclaimed as a positive term—as a gesture to critique negative perceptions of black women. In the process of doing so, the performers create a sound and image that works to uplift and affirm black women's identity.

Rashaad Newsome is a visual artist working in collage, video, sculpture, music, and performance. His art practice examines how images in media and popular culture convey distorted notions of power. Newsome has exhibited and performed in the following art venues: Brooklyn Museum, MoMA PS1, Whitney Museum of American Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, Centre Georges Pompidou, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, and Museum Start Gallery Artothek. He participated in the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum in 2010 and Greater New York at MoMA PS1 in 2011. Newsome has received awards and grants from Franklin Furnace, Harvestworks, L' Entreprise Culturelle, BCAT/BRIC Rotunda Gallery, and Location One. His artwork is part of the public collections at the Brooklyn Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and New Britain Museum of American Art. He received a B.A. in Art History from Tulane University and studied Film at Film Video Arts. Newsome is represented by De Buck Gallery in New York City.  www.rashaadnewsome.com


Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2333.1/rjdfn8b7

Additional Info

  • Título: Shade Compositions
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Idioma: English
  • Data da performance: 12 Feb 2009
  • Lugar: The Kitchen, New York, New York, USA
  • Type/Format: multimedia
  • Credits: Conceived by Rashaad Newsome. Performed by Rashaad Newsome, Loreal Monroe, Turiya K. Bynoe, Ayanna Williams, Oni Monifa Renee Brown, Daryl Dorsey, Denise Pillott, Annabelle Paez, Linda Adler, Amanda Simms Hunt, Cherry, Tiffany Noelle Jenkins, Noro Ejaita, Kenya Robinson, LaShell West, Serina Sanusi, Chinazo Rena Anakwe, Nicole K., TaDonna Nagle, Simone Marie Laveau, Jelisha Gatling, Reggie Street, and Lina Gatineau-Elder. Composed by Rashaad Newsome. Make-up by Diamond Stephens, Alonso Alston, and Jewrel Gainey.